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by rshill7
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Letters To Ed :-)

"We've been duped by the Republicans. Kentucky Sen. and minority leader Mitch McConnell in a news conference one day after the election, stated that the single and sole goal of the GOP over the next two years is: to make Barack Obama a single term president. What an arrogant and obnoxious goal and statement. There agenda before the election was to get votes by promising that there first goals were jobs, the economy and health care reform. It seems their goal is to grab power, not to do things for the people that are in need of jobs and or unemployment pay, health care for those that don't have it, and the people losing their homes. This is the same party that wanted the auto plants and their suppliers to go out of business. We are just coming back from what they did to this country, and now we have them back to do the same things to our country again. What a mess the next two years is going to bring to this country. Talk about partisanship." Carl D. Leow Rogers Cit

 
 

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rshill7

I just can't seem to get out of my own way sometimes, ya' know? It's why I need Jesus as much as I do. If you can, please forgive me.

Love, and Merry Christmas.

RS.

Posted 216 days ago.

rshill7

Am I frustrated with the direction my (and your) country has taken, absolutely I am. Am I tired of arguing with my adopted hometown-mates? Yep. If I've ever hurt your feelings, I am sorry. The times I've equated you with nothing, I was wrong. When I've insulted your station in life or the results you've achieved, I am sorely ashamed. I don't like me when I'm like that, but often justify it to myself the next day. That ain't right.

In my opinion, God made you with every bit of love he made me with, and every bit of love he made Amos and Freeman with too. I'm nowhere near being the quintessential Christian I should be. I'm so far from the mark, it hurts to even consider where that mark is. If Jesus were the bulls-eye, I wouldn't even hit the board. I would land somewhere way over in the grassy knoll or sinking-sand-trap.

I really love folks. All kinds of folks...with "tough love" I guess. Every one of you included.

Posted 216 days ago.

rshill7

Truce to you too Norm. I truly like me best when I'm being nice and friendly with folks. It makes me feel so much better.

Again, I fully realize how brutal I can be...realize how brutal I've been too. Just believe what I believe every bit as much as you believe what you believe. And as Norm says, "to be fair"...you've been a bit brutal as well. No problem. It's just that when faced with brutal, I tend to respond with even more brutal :-)

If I had a big wish for everyone, it would be to truly comfortable and confident in what you believe. If I could take back a lot of the horrible things I've said to and about you who reside left of center in this paper, I would do it this very minute.

I had to learn to argue/debate at a very young age, being one of the middle kids of a 6 kid family. One of the ways I had of getting positive attention was to be funny. I think I've become less and less funny here and more and more combative.

Posted 216 days ago.

And neither could there ever have been a TV show with Don Cornelius called "Thingy Train".

Posted 216 days ago.

Amos, you can't have Thingy Music, it has to be Soul Music.

Posted 216 days ago.

normanlake

Of course, to be fair, BLAND CONTENT is standard fare in the music world these daze.

Posted 216 days ago.

normanlake

Just for manure and giggles, I listened to the Rshrill catalog. I give him an A for effort, a B for musical ability, and a D for the BLAND CONTENT. Keep trying, and perhaps the Pastor will allow you to play for the flock. Overall, he gets a C-.

Posted 216 days ago.

amos57usa

I hate when invisible soul Thingies get in my way. It's sad that the Chrislicans are even trying to starve the christian children. Me and the pope and (rumor has it)Jesus are against Reagan's tyranny.

Posted 216 days ago.

I'm glad for your and Free's business success, maybe in 2014 we can get into more strategy discussions and a bit less rock chucking.

Posted 216 days ago.

I will listen to more of your music sometime. I'm odd about music (and movies). I like to listen to the background, the drums, the harmonies, key changes, really digest it, so I need to hear a song more than once. My wife kids me for watching movies over and over, but each time I might see something new. The facial expression of the actor not speaking, the shadow the director set up in the background. I think that's why a movie critic might gush over a movie the public hates. The movie critic is completely immersed, the public wants to be entertained for their $25 ticket and popcorn.

Posted 216 days ago.

I think my friend's problem now is his resume gap. I just saw a study where 50 virtually identical resumes were submitted, but half had more recent employment listed. The HR directors rated the half with more recent employment higher qualified. At some point the stars will line up for him, hopefully soon. It's different now to get employed than it was. Our company has an HR screening interview, then a psychological profile, then an aptitude test, then an interview with the hiring manager, then a likely a second interview with other managers. After that a background check and drug screening. And this is pretty standard for larger companies. If you can get in the door. When our HR person runs and ad, she said she usually gets over 1000 resumes. I rag on her whenever a new hire doesn't work out after all that. My gut feeling after reviewing a person often was accurate, but you can't do it like that anymore.

Posted 216 days ago.

rshill7

...blues was. That entire paragraph was very well-written.

Posted 217 days ago.

rshill7

A couple of week's later things just came together for us to start our own business. My wife at times thought I was wasting my time. I ignored that and kept digging, through all hours of the night, trying to figure out how to do a website and get it noticed. Will never forget the first time we sold $10,000 worth of schtuff in a single week. A few days later, I said to my lovely wife, "Why are we living in Flint?" A few weeks later we were living in Alpena County.

There's an instrumental that lots of people like too called "To The Son". It's just me and my Sonny Boy, me on a Gibson acoustic and he on a Martin acoustic, weaving in and out. I also played a flute via electric keyboard in it as well. Man, what a fun recording session that was. I had lyrics for it, but when we finished doing most of the music, I liked it so much, as is, I just left out the singing and the words. Some music needs no words :-)

I meant to say earlier how eloquent your description of blue

Posted 217 days ago.

rshill7

Incidentally Jax, I really*****at trying to figure out what genre some of my stuff is. Just not sure. I've gotten several e-mails questioning the genre indexing I've used. They often like it a lot but disagree with the category I placed it in.

One of the ones I wrote called "We're Gonna Make it" won the acoustic song of the month on a music site a few years ago. We were really struggling when I wrote that one (in the early 90's), we even had our house foreclosed, but I looked past those struggles to the better, more prosperous times which I just knew would come somehow.

Once, while poor, with tears literally streaming down my face while driving on an interstate near Lansing, I actually yelled at God...I said, "When's it gonna be my turn! I've dealt with enough! You said you wouldn't push me beyond my limit d*mnit! Well, this is it! I can't do any more! It's time for you to do something!"

Posted 217 days ago.

rshill7

Putting on a happy face must be as difficult as ice climbing a fast frozen Niagara with nothin' but an ice-pick.

In 'Jesus..Blues' there were definitely some vocal gymnastics. Surprised I didn't have a hernia after that one. Thanks. "Can't Get A Rainbow" is kind of blues rock. The title might sound sappy but the song is anything but. A little silly and risque too. Wrote it while we were quite poor and both going to school. Several songs were written to keep my dear wife motivated I suppose. We were also homeschooling our kids. I took care of most of that myself.

If you ask any one of our kids who taught them to read, they'd say, "My very own Daddy." It was a blast...had so much fun with them, and both the memories and results are a permanent source of pride for me. They all have incredible sense of humors too. Each and every one just as hilarious as can be. What I wouldn't give to have another Christmas with them all under 9 years old. Pure magic.

Posted 217 days ago.

rshill7

Tough decisions ragrding budget issues. Tens of billions of dollars every year in pure waste. Why not start there you Washington dingbats? Sheeesh! DC seems to have a weird way of prioritizing things. Has the guy tried sticking out his hand with a big ole' smile at the interview introduction while saying, "Hey, I just wanted to come down here and introduce you to your new CPA"? It might work. Employers seem to like confidence. he'd also need to keep abreast of all the recent tax code changes for sure.

There are no doubt many folks who don't try nearly as hard to find work when they don't have to work. If they see the benefits ending they miraculously get up off the couch. The CPA you mention doesn't sound like one of these. Tough call. Perhaps he subliminally displays the depression and frustration that long looking without finding must bring to one's face, outlook, and demeanor.

Posted 217 days ago.

The budget, I don't know what the Dems are thinking. Both sides are afraid of 2014 for whatever reason. If you are going to cut off unemployment at Christmas, I don't know what to think about you. To put it in reality, I know a 56 year old CPA who has been looking for over a year, sent over 1000 resumes, willing to re-locate. What can you say? Corporations hire younger, cheaper. He could hang out a shingle, but it takes time to build a practice. Even accounting is being outsourced to India now. Coupled with some health issues, and he's in trouble. Every man for himself, or can we help him until he can find something? Apparently we will cut him off.

Posted 217 days ago.

I listened to "Jesus Knows the Blues". I can hear you are very passionate about the music and maybe even took some risks in the vocals. Again, even though blues is in the title, not my genre, but it is a well done piece.

My blues is a guy so blue he won't ride the 11:45 pm train because the midnight train is the blues train. It's a guy who works the night shift and comes home to find cigarettes in the ashtray that aren't his brand, and his pillow in a position he didn't leave it in. It's a guy who is going to end it all but decides to put his last thoughts into music. It's Janis Joplin imploring her man to take a Piece of Her Heart. It comes from a depth so deep a person's soul has to get out of the way for it to come out.

Depressing, I know, but I feel better after listening to it, maybe because it reminds me of those worse off than me.

Posted 217 days ago.

rshill7

John McCain says his colleagues who are voting against the budget deal "lack intellectual integrity"

Said the virulent sh*tstack sorely in need of a multi-year tutorial on the word "integrity" itself....who possesses none of it of any kind. Who rather seeks it out in others in vain jealous attempts at devouring it, like a flesh-eating bacteria in search of healthy tissue.

A bipedal cadaver. Were McCain a color, he'd be the new gangrene.

And does anyone here need an explanation of why Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell voted against the budget bill?

Perhaps Brenda, The Good Witch of The Mason-Dixon Line, waved her magic Primary wand over those two?

Or was it Grendel of Beowulf fame, waving his Tea Party talons at these two tools?

Uh huh. Symbolic "substance"...with a bushel of 'too little too late' thrown in.

Primary those progressive pus ponies!

Posted 218 days ago.

Much Christmas music is dreadful, Amos. Dominic the Donkey, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, Barking Jingle Bells, to name a few. Blue Christmas by Elvis is good, B-B-B-Blue Christmas by Porky Pig, not so much.

Posted 218 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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